Vox Media
Vox Media Inc.
Vox Media logo.svg
Type of business Private
Type of site
News, media, and blogging
Available in English
Founded August 1, 2002; 14 years ago (2002-08-01)[1] (as SportsBlogs, Inc.)
Headquarters Washington, D.C. & New York City, New York, U.S. [2]
Area served International
Founder(s) Jerome Armstrong
Tyler Bleszinski
Markos Moulitsas
Key people Jim Bankoff (Chairman and CEO) [3]
Marty Moe (President)
Industry Digital Media
Employees 400 +
Website www.voxmedia.com
Registration Optional
Users 800 million+

Vox Media is an American multinational digital media company founded on August 1, 2002 by Jerome Armstrong, Tyler Bleszinsky, and Markos Moulitsas and based in Washington, D.C. and New York City.[2] It currently runs eight editorial brands: SB Nation, The Verge, Polygon, Curbed, Eater, Racked, Vox, and Recode. Vox's brands are built on Chorus, its proprietary content management system.[4]

The company owns and operates its offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, and San Francisco. The network now features over 300 sites with over 400 paid writers.[5][6]

History

Vox Media was founded in 2002 as SportsBlogs, Inc., the parent company of the sports blog network SB Nation, by political strategist Jerome Armstrong,[7] freelance writer Tyler Bleszinski, and Markos Moulitsas (creator of Daily Kos).[5][6] The site was a spin-off and expansion of Tyler Bleszinski's Oakland Athletics blog Athletics Nation, which sought to provide coverage of the team from a fan's perspective. The popularity of the site led to other sports blogs being incorporated.[8]

In 2008, SB Nation hired former AOL executive Jim Bankoff as CEO to assist in its growth. He showed interest in SB Nation's goal of building a network of niche-oriented sports websites.[8][9] As of February 2009, the SB Nation network contained 185 blogs, and in November 2010, ComScore estimated that the site had attracted 5.8 million unique visitors. The 208 percent increase in unique visitors over November 2009 made SB Nation the fastest-growing sports website the company tracked at the time.[10]

In 2011, Bankoff hired a number of former writers from AOL's technology blog Engadget, including former editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky, to build a new technology-oriented website.[8] They had originally left AOL following a series of conflicts between Topolsky and Michael Arrington, author of TechCrunch (which AOL had recently acquired), and the leak of an internal training document that outlined a content strategy for AOL's blogs that prioritized profitability. Bankoff felt that a technology-oriented website would complement SB Nation due to their overlapping demographics.[9]

In November 2011, the company, now renamed Vox Media, officially launched The Verge, with Topolsky as editor-in-chief.[9][11]

In 2012, Vox launched a video gaming website, Polygon, led by former Joystiq editor Christopher Grant.[12]

In November 2013, Vox Media acquired the Curbed network, which consisted of the real-estate blog network Curbed, the food blog Eater, and the fashion blog Racked.[13]

In April 2014, the company launched an eponymous news website, Vox.com; led by former Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein, Vox.com was positioned as a general interest news service with a focus on providing additional context to recurring subjects within its articles.[14][15]

In May 2015, Vox Media acquired Recode, a technology industry news website that was founded by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, the former editors of The Wall Street Journals AllThingsD.[16]

Funding

In December 2014, Vox Media raised a $46.5 million round led by the growth equity firm General Atlantic, estimating the media company's value at around $380 million.[17] Participants in Vox Media's previous rounds include Accel Partners, Comcast Ventures, and Khosla Ventures. Other funders are Allen & Company, Providence Equity Partners, and various angel investors, including Ted Leonsis, Dan Rosensweig, Jeff Weiner, and Brent Jones.[6][18][19] According to sources, the Series C in May 2012, valued Vox at $140 million.[20] A Series D valued the company north of $200M, raising an additional $40M[21][22]

In August 2015, NBCUniversal made a $200 million equity investment in Vox Media Inc., valuing the company at more than $1 billion.[23]

Media brands

Vox Media Inc. is made up of eight media brands: The Verge (technology and culture), Vox (general interest news), SB Nation (sports), Polygon (gaming), Eater (Food and Nightlife), Racked (shopping, beauty and fashion), Curbed (real estate and home), and Recode (technology business).[24][25][26]

The Verge

The Verge is a technology news and media network operated by Vox Media with offices in Manhattan, New York. The site launched on November 1, 2011. The network publishes news items, long form feature stories, product reviews, podcasts, and an entertainment show. The network's content is managed by its editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and Vox Media's chief content officer Marty Moe.[27]

Joshua Topolsky was the editor of Engadget until March 2011. Topolsky and eight of the more prominent editorial and technology staff members (including Nilay Patel, Ross Miller, Joanna Stern, Chris Ziegler, Paul Miller, Vlad Savov, Justin Glow, and Dan Chilton) at Engadget left AOL to join SB Nation to build a new tech and gadget site.[28] While Topolsky and his team were developing the new site, a 'placeholder' site called This Is My Next was created to allow them to continue writing articles and producing podcasts.[29] In a reference to the new website Topolsky is quoted as saying, "We're not trying to be Twitter or Facebook, as in this new thing people are using, we want to be something that is just the evolved version of what we have been doing." [30] The new technology network--The Verge--launched on November 1, 2011.[31][32] It was also announced that Scott Lowe, from IGN Tech, would be joining Vox.

The Verge launched in November 2011. One year later in October 2012, comScore reported that The Verge had 3.1 million unique U.S. visitors. Gawker Media's Gizmodo, by comparison, had 6.5 million unique visits, and AOL's Engadget, had 6.3 million.[33]

SB Nation

SB Nation is a sports network focuses on developing content on the web, offering over 300[34] websites, each with its own name, URL, brand, community focus, writers, and guidelines. The sports network covers most or all teams in MLB, the NBA, NFL, in MLS, and NHL, as well as NASCAR, MMA, college sports, pro cycling, and other sports.

At a DC-based kickoff event in February 2009, there were about 185 blogs. ComScore, the Reston, Virginia-based tracker of consumer Internet habits, tallied 5.8 million unique visitors to SB Nation Web sites during the month of November 2010. That 208 percent increase over the 1.9 million unique visitors in November 2009 made SB Nation the fastest growing sports Web site the company tracked at the time.[35] As of December 2010, SB Nation had 12 million unique visitors and over 100 million page views monthly, according to CEO Jim Bankoff. Expansion includes mobile and going global, into the "European Premier (soccer) League." [36] As of March 2011, Vox Media's SB Nation had grown to more than 300 separate web sites maintained primarily by part-time contract writers. They put together posts, facilitate dialogue and interact with commenters. As of November 2012, ComScore reported that there were 130 million people in the U.S. who accessed sports news online in October. ESPN's 45 million unique visitors still exceeded SB Nation's 9.4 million, but ESPN lost 5 million visitors year-over-year, while SB Nation grew by 20%.[20] As of June 2013, Vox says that SB Nation has reached 50 million unique visitors per month and 190 million monthly page views, and has more than 70,000 Twitter followers (@SBNation) and almost 67,000 likes on Facebook.[37]

In February 2011, SB Nation hired Rob Neyer away from ESPN, where he had worked for 15 years in what CEO Jim Bankoff called a "high profile hire".[38] On March 30, 2011 SB Nation launched Baseball Nation.[39] Baseball Nation features writers Jason Brannon, Carson Cistulli, editors Rob Neyer, Jeff Sullivan and Grant Brisbee.

Vox

Vox attempts to explain the news and the world by making complex topics easier to understand for audiences in politics and policy, business and pop culture, food, science and other matters. Since its 2014 launch, the site reaches its audience through Vox.com, its videos, podcasts, and Snapchat Discover channel.[40]

Polygon

In early January 2012, Vox hired Chris Grant, editor-in-chief of Joystiq, to launch a new gaming site with Vox. Also hired were Brian Crecente, editor-in-chief of Kotaku, and Russ Pitts, editor-in-chief of The Escapist, to run the site, along with Justin and Griffin McElroy, Chris Plante, Arthur Gies, and Russ Frushtick, and Tracey Lien and Emily Gera for the roles of Senior Reporter, Australia & Senior Reporter, UK, respectively.[]

Vox, which had previously stated that "Vox Games" was merely a placeholder until the project was ready to separate itself from being a Gaming hub on The Verge to a fully-fledged independent website, revealed on April 6, 2012, that the gaming site would be named Polygon.[41] On October 25, 2012 Polygon launched under its own name.[42] The site features responsive web design (which SB Nation has had since its relaunch in mid-2012) and long feature articles.

Curbed

Curbed is a real-estate/home website that reaches beyond New York City to publish in 32 markets across the U.S. It was founded in 2004 as a side project by Lockhart Steele, managing editor of Gawker Media. Curbed was bought by Vox Media when the company acquired Curbed Network in November 2013 for $20-30 million in cash and stock.[43] In addition to the national site, Curbed has local sites for Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Cape Cod, Chicago, Detroit, Hamptons, New York City, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Ski. The Editor in Chief is Kelsey Keith.

Eater

Eater, founded by Lockhart Steele, and led by editor-in-chief Amanda Kludt, is a media brand dedicated to culinary news. The Eater staff makes news and breaks news daily with reporting on the latest restaurant openings in cities and current dining trends across the nation.[44] Often known for their "Heat Maps" and "38 Best New Restaurants" franchises,[45] Acquired by Vox Media Inc., in 2013 Eater went through a site relaunch [43] in 2014 to become part of the Vox Media's Chorus platform. The migration to the new CMS enables Eater to increase its editorial focus on visuals, original reporting and integrated map stacks ("Heat Maps").[46]

Racked

Racked is a retail/shopping website which covers style. It was bought by Vox Media when the company acquired Curbed Network in November 2013.[43] In December 2014, the site had 11.2 million page views and 8 million unique visitors.[47] In addition to the national site, Racked has local sites for Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, and San Francisco.[48] The Editor in Chief is Britt Aboutaleb.[49]

Recode

Vox Media acquired technology news website Recode in May 2015.[50]

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